Updated: 19th April 2018

DJ Hodor Lives On: The Secret Musical Life of Game of Thrones Star Kristian Nairn

He may have left us in Sunday nights thrilling episode of GoT, but the spirit of Hold the Doorrather, Hodorwill continue to fill nightclubs across the world. “>

This week, theGame of Thronesfaithful are rightfully crying Hold the door! up and down the Internet in honor of House Stark hero Hodor, whose tragically noble destiny was revealed in Sundays stunner The Door.

Fans new to the cult of Irish actor Kristian Nairn have another phrase to learn: Aranat oqothe ancient Dothraki term for drop the beat.

After five-plus seasons of delivering the same one-word line a myriad of different ways onGame of Throneshe truly is their GrootNairn uttered Hodor one final time in Episode 5s surprising farewell to the gentle giant. Bran Starks loyal manservant gave his life to protect his young master in a brilliant stroke of long-game storytelling scripted by showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss that finally answered the question: Where did Hodor get his name, and why is it the only word he can manage to say?

It was a cannily hidden twist that finally gave fans an answer, and one that also defied the known laws of space and time and opened up a world of metaphysical rule-bending to boot. At the end of the episode, his younger mind warged by a time-traveling Bran, HodornWylis, a once-sharp and articulate stable boyinadvertently endured his own brutal future-death at the hands of wights. Meeras Hold the door! became Hodor, the only phrase hed be able to say for the rest of his fated life.

Fans got misty. They flooded the interwebs with memes devoted to the noble Hodor. Critics lavished praise on the GoT fan favorite and overnight martyr, commending the show for delivering a unicorn of a television twist in our oversaturated age of spoilers: An actual surprise. Slate published an article written entirely in Hodorspeak that managed to be simultaneously poignant and borderline insufferable, depending on your level ofGoTinvestment.

The bearded 7-foot musician has been DJing for decades based out of Belfast, where GoT is filmed, and regularly posts new music and mixes on his Soundcloud, which boasts 21.9K followers.So much does the erstwhile Hodor love DJing, he once described it in adorably loving terms: As I was standing looking over the crowd, it dawned on me that it feels like Im shooting emotional laser beams out into the crowd. When they respond, its the most amazing feeling, and conversely, when a crowd doesnt get it, it can be likeWHY DONT YOU GET WHAT IM GETTING?!

It was the music that led to acting years ago when his agent spurred him beyond theater toward film and TV. Once upon a time, I got an audition for a movie calledHot Fuzz, which hadSimon Peggin itI didnt get the part, but it was the same casting director who cast forGame Of Thrones. She brought me back in to audition for the part of Hodorand the rest is history, he told Music Feeds. Originally, I wanted to be a guitar player, he also revealed. [But] that changed somehow. Then I became a drag artistyou didnt know that, did you?

He got the GoT gig, but Nairn nearly balked at his big breakuntil his mother, an avid fan of George R.R. Martins A Song of Fire and Ice novels, convinced him to take the role of Hodor.

When I first read the part I wasnt exactly dancing with joy.I really didnt get it at firstIm a 7-foot-tall gay man whos spent my entire life fighting stereotypes,he told the New York Daily News.People sincerely believe that when youre 7 feet tall and look like me, youre stupid. And at first I felt that by playing this character I was going to be putting myself in the kind of box I had been fighting to get out of.

Two years ago, Nairn became GoTsfirst openly gay cast member when he discussed his sexuality in an interview with WinterIsComing.net, not so muchcoming outas confirming what, according to him, was always more or less public.In this day and age, its important to stand up and be counted,said Nairn, who came out to his supportive mother at the age of 12. I have and always will stand my ground.

In a post-mortem chat with Entertainment Weekly, Nairn hinted that he may or may not end up haunting the GoT sets againafter all,somedearly departed Westerosians just cant seem to stay dead.

After kickstarting his screen career, the self-described comic book, sci-fi, and fantasy superfan Nairn, 40, also turned in a performance on the BBC/AmazonseriesRipper Streetand contributed vocal work to theWorld of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenorvideo game, and already has other film projects lined up in addition to his EDM output. Last year he debuted his first single Up/Beacon via Radikal Records, a synthy, uptempo number featuring Leanne Robinson. Its been a long time coming, and I think Up and the material yet to come is a really good reflection of how I feel about house music, he said.

Nairn is currently set to perform across the UK and the Philippines through October, once again headlining the international run of Rave of Thrones. The house-meets-Westeros themed DJ tour first merged his two universes in 2014, when Rave of Thrones filled in the free time Nairn had during Hodors season away from the show. Since then his DJ appearances, sometimes thrown in tandem with official GoT events, have attracted a combination of cosplaying GoT fans and house/EDM lovers.

Last week, Nairn debuted the third episode of his monthly 7Sessions mix show, in which he frequently teases selections from his Rave of Thrones set. Occasionally he works in enthusiastic if brief observations in which, of course, he says much more than Hodor, and encourages listeners to leave comments (As long as theyre good, I dont want to hear any shit ones).

But for the most part, even Nairns mixes focus solely on the matter at hand: Music. Nairn, like Hodor, is a DJ who knows the value of expressing precious few words.

Let the music take center stage, he declared on a recent episode, and leave the mic well alone.

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